Monday, September 5, 2011

202 Followers! Plus M is for Mummy and Mossoul Stitch


Wow - we have 202 followers!  We need to celebrate!  Please leave a comment on the blog to be entered for a drawing to win a prize.  You don't have to have a blog to enter, but since this is to celebrate our 200-plus followers, you do have to be a follower!  If you have trouble figuring out how to become a follower, let me know - inthecompanyoffriends@gmail.com - we'll figure something out. 

When we think of mummies what picture comes to mind? Boris Karloff in "The Mummy" is one many will think of. 



Hollywood has dramatized the mummy in many of it's horror flicks for years now.  Where did the drama start? Possibly in the Victorian era when Egyptology became a fad. It became fashionable to visit Egypt, pick up a few artifacts to bring home and decorate your home with.  



In 1869 Louisa May Alcott wrote a book called Lost in a Pyramid: the Mummy's Curse and then there is the famous publication of 1821 called The Mummy which is the first use of mummy horror in literature.  In 1871, the composer Verdi brought us the Egyptian themed opera, Aida. And we have Napoleon Bonaparte who founded the Institut de l'Egypte in Cairo in 1798 which discovered the Rosetta Stone 



that finally allowed Egyptian writing to be deciphered in 1822 by Jean Francois Champollion.


So you can see the Mummy has had quite a history outside of the religious process of mummification. The art of preserving or mummification is quite a process. Let's see first you start by pulling the brains out through the nostrils. Hummm lovely, this was before embalming was learned. Then there is the process of drying you out with myrrh and salt solutions. They then proceed to wrap you up in flaxen cloth and stick you in box after box until you come to the last one the Sarcophagus. Many items that would be useful for the next life are also placed with the mummy.
Photo by Joshua Sherurcij


And why did they mummify a person? Preservation of the physical body was paramount, for without a home, the soul wandered and would be lost forever. 

There is so much information regarding Mummies and mummification as you can imagine, so  if your interest is piqued, then there are many more links and books on the subject to see.



Massoul Stitch
Our "M" stitch this for this entry is the Mossoul stitch which most of you know as the Herringbone stitch. It is a common stitch to sampler making and appeared as early as 1681. The Mossoul stitch is a type of Cross Stitch worked backwards from left to right.  My source in my library is from Eileen Bennett's book The Red Book of Sampler Stitches

Becky


This letter is not terribly colorful - this is when the color of your linen comes into play - especially when choosing the color for your mummy!  I have made him entirely in Mossoul Stitch - over one - quite the feat!  But I think the woven look will be a great effect - you can experiment a little to find the exact look you want, and of course, over two, it will be a snap!  I used two red beads for the mummy's eyes (is this where the expression "beady little eyes" comes from?)  As always, click on the picture to go to the Freebies page to download this chart, or click on Freebies in the side bar.

Have fun, and whatever you do, don't tell my mummy on me!

Julie  












19 comments:

  1. Another wonderful post girls. Anything to do with Egypt is always fascinating.

    Congratulations on having 202 followers. I am one of course.

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  2. I love giveaways! And I'm really enjoying this series too. Thanks!

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  3. WOW! congrats on the 200+ followers. I know I really enjoy reading your blog and the Dark Alaphabet has been so much fun. I would love to be entered into your blog giveaway. I can not seem to get this to post unless it is under anonymous (even though I have a blog). Hope that is ok. Thanks!! Christie in Batavia, OH

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  4. Love the new series. I'm a follower. Thanks for the chance to win a giveaway.

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  5. Congrats on your blog followers milestone. I love following your blog, I am pretty sure I am officially a follower. I really like the M is for Mummy. I always think of Harry Carter when I think of mummies. I have been watching several mummy documentaries on Netflix lately. I have been watching them lately in rememberance of my father. He was passionate about mummies, Egyptology and how it all related to the Bible.

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  6. Now signed up as a follower, thanks for the giveaway!

    pamgrouette at gmail dot com

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  7. Congratulations on 200+ followers! I am loving this series of charts. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.

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  8. oooo love the mummies and boris karloff too .. well done on the followers which I am one heheh .. love mouse xxxx
    www.talesofastitchingmouse.blogspot.com

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  9. I'm a new follower too now. Love the mummy! Thanks, also for the draw.

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  10. Thanks for the Mummy - the large boy guessed that! Off to play with colours on my linen which is already the colour of mummies' bandages. Please enter me into your lovely draw.

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  11. Love your blog! and all the alphabets, but this M for mummy is my favorite so far :D.....and would also like to enter giveaway! grats on all your followers!

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  12. I am now one of your "followers". Thank for having the drawing.

    Helen in Michigan

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  13. That was very interesting. I don't think I've seen too many charts with mummies on them. You're up to 204 followers now! I'd love to win.

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  14. GREAT post - I can't decide if the Mummy is now my favorite??? EGADS, I need more TIME TO STITCH!

    I was just discussing Napoleon & the Rosetta Stone a few days ago - I just finished War & Peace, before which all I knew about Napoleon (in detail) was that his troops found the Stone; and after finishing W&P, I know a tiny bit more :(

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  15. Thank-you for such an interesting blog.
    Thank-you for another drawing.

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  16. I love the dark alphabet series you're doing, but the best part is all the interesting history and tidbits of information to go along with each letter/stitch.

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  17. Just become a follower and have just found out about the Dark Alphabet (many thanks Jo from Serendipitous Stitiching) - loving the idea and plan to buy some fabric next week to start it - yet another WIP! Please count me in for the Giveaway.
    Hugs, Kaye xoxox
    http://kittenstitching.blogspot.com

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  18. I just love this blog! The Dark Alphabet is so much fun to collect! Trying to find a linen colour that will look great with all the letters is a challenge! Thanks for the wonderful alphabet, which I would love to stitch in silks!
    http://stitchesnscrapsofjoyes.blogspot.com/
    Melissa

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  19. I am a follower and really enjoy this blog.

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